Reed struck back after Luton had powered to 173-2 with Sri Lankan Trunkwala (55) and Naik (74) threatening to reach 300. However Tom Greaves once again spun out the middle order finishing with 4-44 from his 10 overs. It was then left to Ed Wharton (3-42) and Toby Fynn (2-22) to polish off the innings at 234. Rob Lankester claimed 4 victims behind the stumps. Luton are going to return to the Premier Division with their talented bowling attack, reliant on spin. With the help of some inauspicious shot selection they soon had Reed on the rack as both Homoyoon and Trunkwala with three wickets apiece left them 114 all out after only 30 overs. James Heslam tried hard to keep the innings going, but when he played on for 29 the game was over. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
1st XI v. Luton Town and Indians (SHPCL Championship Division) Away; 50/50 Format
Rain was the only winner in the 1st XI game against Luton Town and Indians. Thursday’s deluge, which seeped under the covers, had made the pitch treacherous, despite the best efforts of the groundsman and when Tom Greaves lost the toss, Reed knew they were in for a torrid couple of hours. After 35 overs with 60 on the board for the loss of 3 wickets their worst fears were confirmed. To make matters worse, William Heslam 30, the only batsman who had made a significant score, became the first of four needless run outs. After lunch, however, the wicket had dried out and the demons were gone. As a result, Richard Wharton and especially Sean Tidey turned the tide, the latter hitting the leg spinner for 3 consecutive sixes in his 21 ball 31. With the hosts running out of overs, Wharton carried on the charge finishing on 58 not out, despite the niggardly spin of Mohammed Irshan (20-6-41-3). Those other 3 run outs, however, limited Reed to 169 with one ball of their 60 overs remaining. Luton prospered on the, by now, benign pitch and had raced to 90-3, but the weather had one more trick up its sleeve as rain caused a 40 minute delay, which left them 17 overs in the last hour to win the game. Ed Wharton (13-4-38-3) and Tom Greaves (15-6-39-3) cashed-in as Reed held their catches and Luton lost four quick wickets. The tail resisted stoutly though and on 127-7 they had the consolation of securing a winning draw thanks to their superior run rate. Report submitted by Peter Wholley.
1st XI v. Luton Town and Indians (SHPCL Championship Division) Home; Timed Format (115 overs minimum)